Liechtenstein Aktiengesellschaft (AG) Company Incorporation
An Aktiengesellschaft is the equivalent to a limited company in the UK, in that it is a legal entity which is separate and distinct from the individuals who run it. For sole traders and for people in partnerships, the individuals’ personal assets are at risk if there is a claim against the organisation but shareholders in an Aktiengesellschaft are liable to lose only the value of the share capital to which they subscribe.
Financial services are the main industries in Liechtenstein, e-banking is very common and the banking sector in general benefits from a high degree of confidentiality.
The company name may be in any language and must include the suffix Aktiengesellschaft - AG Ltd or SA Ltd. Words suggesting a state, country or region of the world are not permitted and words associated with licensed activities such as ‘banking’ are restricted. There may be a requirement for a German translation.
It is a requirement that an AG must have a registered address where all official correspondence will be sent and where company records and accounts must be kept. This is provided as part of our incorporation service.
An AG requires only one person to act as a director. One director must be a resident in Liechtenstein but there are no restrictions on the nationality or residency of the other directors. A register of directors must be kept at the company’s registered office and filed with the Companies Registry.
One only shareholder is required, there are no restrictions on nationality or residency and corporate entities are allowed, there is a no upper limit to the number of shareholders. Shareholder names are filed on the public register.
The concept of a company secretary is not recognised in The Principality of Liechtenstein.
The minimum share capital is CHF 30,000 (approximately EUR 24,000) and this must be fully paid up during incorporation in either a bank in Liechtenstein or Switzerland.
An AG company can be fully incorporated in one week.
Companies must file an annual financial statement and an annual report, which must be denoted in Euros, Swiss Francs or US Dollars. ‘Small’ companies are not required to file an annual report.
Proof of Identity
As part of our due diligence we require proof of identity in the form of a passport copy for all directors and shareholders of the company.
There is no requirement to visit Liechtenstein.